When Freedom Flotilla III sets sail for Gaza next month, former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki affirms that he will be on board, along with delegations from up to 20 countires.
Statement from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition:
Representatives of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and partner organizations traveled to Tunis (recently) where they participated in the World Social Forum. During the WSF they met with several Palestinian and Tunisian civil society organizations.
FFC representatives were also received by Dr. Moncef Marzouki, former President of Tunisia and renowned Human Rights defender. During the meeting Dr. Marzouki gave FFC his full support and confirmed that he will be on board of one of Freedom Flotilla III ships.
The week was concluded with an internal FFC and partners meeting during which the FFC points of unity were reconfirmed. The group agreed that FF3 will sail with at least three ships.
The humanitarian situation in Gaza is more critical than ever and is worsening by the day. Media apathy and inaction by most governments puts the burden on civil society organizations, as ourselves, to take the lead in challenging the Israeli blockade. Our flotillas will continue to sail until the illegal blockade of Gaza is permanently lifted. [End of statement. Slightly abridged]